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Last edited at 6:53PM on 9/19/2011
A rebel flag is a souvenir, not to be confused with a win between the the North and the South, and just so you know, the North won, and in a battle between the oppression of slavery, and the oppression of the masses.
Rednecks are the oppression of a nation, complete with their Mullets, poor language and hatred of people of color, we are one for all, and all for one.
Lose the back pack, it is symbolic of the represstion that the ingnorant want to permote...
Don't worry about people getting mad it is part of southern history that no one should be ashamed of, many of our men and boys gave their lives for the cause. A cause of wanting to maintain a way of life. Many people lost every thing had. Show it proudly.
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Last edited at 7:02PM on 9/19/2011
It's definitely not patriotic; the South wanted to break away from the rest of the U.S. during the Civil War. Also, to many people; that flag stands for the promotion of slavery. You are not doing yourself a favor by wearing it.
Although: this is America, and the point of America is that you are able to wear that flag (and all it stands for, good or bad) if you darn well please, so who am I to tell you not to wear it? But it's kind of the same as displaying the swastika symbol; you CAN if you want, but you really SHOULDN'T.
Because many people associate it with slavery, not just southern heritage. They are as closed minded as those who are racist. If you show that flag with nothing but good intentions behind it, don't let the negativity of others get to you.
Understand that a Lot of people have been taught that the Civil War was about slavery (your public school tax $ at work), and that represents a pretty severe degradation of some people's ancestors. So they associate one with the other. Totally erroneous, but you can't fight an entrenched mythology.
On the other hand, In most of the rural south, that backpack would scarcely be noticed, and blend right in. My advice is, wear it with pride. If nothing else, it is a mine detector: 'Sets off' a certain kind of person at about 10 feet, and then you know what kind of person they are. (I used to do the same by wearing an inverted pentagram)
The Stars and Bars are a symbol; the problem lies in perspective. A symbol of what. I am big into ancestry (many sites, but, yes, ancestry.com). I have 12 linear ancestors that fought and survived the American Civil War. Nine for the Army of the Grand Republic (Union) and three for the Army of the Confederate States - including one very famous General from the Army of Virginia, Robert E. Lee.
I view that particular flag as I would any other historical artifact. I can understand those who oppose it asserting that it is a symbol of racism and bigotry; however, if you go down that road you might find yourself in a strange place banning all flags with crosses because of the Inquisition, the Crusades, and so forth (check out all of the Scandinavian flags). I don't know all of the state flags, but I'm sure I could work up a valid opposition to some of them.
I am proud of my ancestors though, in many cases, in retrospect, I don't agree with or condone their actions. I have three rebel flags displayed on my family tree chart. It is what it is . . . . .